What is the Purpose of Life?

Ever since human beings had conscious awareness of themselves, they have wondered what purpose brought them into being. Why does life exist? What is the meaning of our lives? What are we in existence to accomplish?

There have been many potential answers ranging from 42 to it’s all random and consciousness is just a development of nature.

  • Perhaps our purpose is to procreate and pass on our genes/assure the survival of our species
  • Perhaps our purpose is to praise and worship God
  • Perhaps our purpose is to build great things
  • Perhaps our purpose is to improve the world

As a Hindu, I believe that we have conscious awareness for a reason.

It is said that human beings are the only embodiment that has the ability for self awareness and that is necessary for enlightenment.

So what is enlightenment?

I talk about it like it’s something to achieve, something to reach out and grab, but in reality it’s just a change of perspective. And when I put it that way it sounds like it should be easy! :)

I think our reason for being here is to enjoy the play of the drama around us. To watch it and have fun with it, but not take it too seriously. Behind it all, everything is a manifestation of the divine. Once we really truly internalize that, all the frustrations and disappointments melt away and we just become part of the cosmic dance of bliss.

So I feel like my job in this life is to work through my sanskara (karma), learn how not to gather more sanskaras, play my role in the drama, and practice seeing the whole world as a joyful fun family gathering.

What do you think the purpose of human life is?

There’s more interesting ruminating on this subject in this movie that I just watched at Netflix (link is to Amazon instant view video). It’s definitely worth watching. If you enjoyed What the Bleep Do We Know, you’ll love this one…

About Ambaa

Ambaa is an American woman of European ancestry who is also a practicing Hindu. She is fascinated with questions of philosophy, culture, and the meaning of life. Join her in the journey to explore how a non-Indian convert to Hinduism experiences her religion.

  • justinwhitaker

    Great post. Improving, growing, and *letting go* are all on my list of purposes in life. But yes, we do get caught in our karma (which is one reason I like Indian religions/philosophies so much), which seems to keep us going around and around the same habits… We need to see it for what it is in order to be free from it.

    • Ambaa

      Ah, letting go! So very hard to do :)

  • Richie B

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  • Derek_anny

    For me, it’s all about experience. We are the Universe experiencing itself.

    “The purpose of life is to experience. In order to experience new things, one must change and grow. Conversely, monotony is an experience. Therefore, stagnation can be integral to fulfilling the purpose of life.”

    • Ambaa

      Makes sense!


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